Two new JCB TLT 35D Teletruks are being used by warehousing and distribution company Stanton Grove to unload rail freight at the 93,000 sq ft dedicated rail shed and warehouse of its Langton Dock headquarters in the Liverpool Intermodal Freeport Terminal.
Established in 1983, Stanton Grove is now at the forefront of forest products port terminal operations in the UK. The company's operation at Royal Seaforth Docks can handle the largest forest products vessels and is ideally located for the warehousing and distribution of paper, wood pulp and timber. This site has 240,000 square feet of covered forest products warehousing space and no less than 13 acres of concrete hard standing, all adjacent to three deep sea berths capable of taking the largest forest products carrying vessels.
The two Teletruks are employed to unload rail wagons as part of a new contract win that involves paper products from Scandinavia arriving on rail wagons at the company's Langton warehouse to be stored for onward delivery to customers in the north of England, the Midlands and North Wales.
Stanton Grove needed a machine that could unload the wagons and transport both paper reels and pallets into the warehouse but, because there is a busy road on one side of the rail line, the rail wagons can only be accessed from the opposite side of the track. JCB's Teletruk offers the ideal solution.
“For the new contract, space is at a premium and to ensure maximum safety on site and to members of the public, we need to reach across the rail wagons to put away and retrieve both pallet loads and paper reels from only one side. The Teletruk – with its telescopic mast's ability to 'boom out' – was the perfect answer,” explained Ken Roberts, operations director at Stanton Grove.
One of Stanton Grove's TLT 35D Teletruks is equipped with forks to handle pallets; the other has a clamp to lift paper reels. The TLT 35D can lift its 3.5 tonnes capacity to a height of 4.4 metres, while the forward reach ability provided by the Teletruk's telescopic boom allows it to load and unload 2100 kg at a 2 metres forward extension. This enables the JCB Teletruk to reach over to the far side of the rail wagon, which a traditional lift truck could not do. Both machines are also required to transport their respective loads to Stanton Grove's warehouse, which a larger telescopic handler would not be able to access.
“With the Teletruks we can access products where traditional lift trucks can't,” said Ken Roberts, who is very impressed with flexibility and reputation of JCB's Teletruk. “It's a compact truck and very responsive, with excellent flexibility and the operators really like it.”